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New educational trail across volcanic chimneys of Baba (Grandma) and Dědek (Grandpa)

09.11.2019 The densely wooded hilltop named Baba near Mladá Boleslav, which has been a nature reserve since as far back as 1950, may as of today pride itself on having a new educational trail with an interesting concept that is bound to captivate adults and children alike. It was built by the local Klenice chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) within the context of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature Programme and with the support of the town of Kosmonosy.

Křížov Quarry – Take a peek into the mountain’s interior

22.10.2019 The Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) today unveiled yet another unique geological site to the general public – the Křížov Quarry, located in the foothills of Blaník Mountain. Making the quarry accessible to visitors was possible thanks to the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme.

"U cesty" wayside well makes journey to Radyně Castle more pleasant

17.10.2019 Thanks to the kind support of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, Spálené Poříčí, the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP), was able to restore a wayside well known as "U cesty", which is found on an extremely popular hiking route to Radyně Castle near Pilsen. With this latest addition, the programme has so far helped restore ten wells across the Czech Republic, putting a protective canopy over them.

Invitation to the opening of two new locations

14.10.2019 Let us invite you to two events to be held in the coming days. The first one will take place on Thursday 17th October at 10 am in Starý Plzenec, where we will open a newly reconstructed well "U cesty", which lies on a busy tourist route to the castle Radyně. On Tuesday, October 22, at 3:30 pm, the Křížov Quarry, an interesting geological and natural location with a number of interpretative elements, will be inaugurated near the village of Křížov in the Benešov region.

Thirteenth observation spot built under auspices of NET4GAS Closer to Nature Programme near Sokolov

05.09.2019 Those who find themselves in Kynšperk nad Ohří cannot fail to notice, near the local train station, two large bodies of water known as the Liboc Wetlands (after the small village of the same name). These pools provide suitable living conditions for a wide range of aquatic animals and are an ideal nesting place for birds. With this in mind, members of the local Kynšperk chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, with the help of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, have built a bird-watching platform, which makes it easier to follow the subtle wildlife dramas unfolding in this particular spot.

Contests organized by ČSOP attract more than 4,500 primary and secondary school pupils

02.09.2019 As the new school year rolls in, further instalments of the natural science contests organized by the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) get into gear. In the 25th Environmental Olympics, more than 500 secondary school students will pit their wits against each other, whereas more than four thousand children from primary and lower secondary schools will compete in the 48th Golden Leaf contest. Regional rounds of the two contests will be held in all corners of the Czech Republic to establish the best teams across the regions – who will then proceed to the national rounds, where the nationwide winners will be determined.

Invitation to a new lookout

02.09.2019 Let us invite you to the opening of the 13th lookout built under the NET4GAS Closer to Nature program. It is located near Liboc wetlands in Kynšperk nad Ohří. An interesting program will take place there on Thursday, September 5, the opening ceremony itself at 3 pm. See the invitation to learn more.

Hajská Pools – An island of life in the midst of a cultivated landscape

30.08.2019 About a kilometre east from Strakonice, within the intensively farmed alluvial plain of the Otava River, one finds the Hajská Pools nature reserve. Dozens of pools of water are scattered across a little less than seven hectares, and are inhabited by many rare plant and animal species. Onyx, the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, decided to highlight the biodiversity of the site, and in collaboration with the South Bohemian region and the city of Strakonice, and with funding from NET4GAS, created an educational trail into the heart of this green oasis.

Invitation to pools near Hajská

26.08.2019 Let us invite you to the opening of a new educational trail Tůně u Hajské, which will take place on Friday, August 30, at 1 pm near the village of Hajská near Strakonice. We will take you through the 95th NET4GAS Closer to Nature site, this time a natural monument with dozens of pools and wetlands that provide the environment for many protected plants and animals. We look forward to meeting you there. 49°15'34.340"N, 13°57'0.285"E

Three new stations pop up along the route of the rejuvenated Cattle Trail

07.06.2019 The Cattle Trail is becoming a major thoroughfare: after last year's festive opening of the first waystation – Banner's Well – today marks the addition of another three: Sedlnice Snowdrops, Roveň Forest, and the Sad Tale of the Old Na Lapači Road. In this manner, the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP), drawing upon the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, has launched a project that will keep it busy for several years, and that focuses on the restoration and unique interpretation of natural and cultural heritage within the corridor known as the Oxen Trail – an ancient pastoral route that centuries ago connected the Krakow area to Vienna.

Welcome to Frogs' Paradise in the Raduň Wetlands

07.06.2019 The Raduň Wetlands, with their system of pools, are found on the northern edge of Raduň, a municipality a few kilometres south of Opava. As little as 15 years ago, it was non-existent – today, it is a vital sanctuary for numerous amphibians and other protected wildlife. How and why the Raduň Wetlands came into existence, and what hidden wildlife treasures can be discovered here, can be gleaned from newly installed info panels and other educational elements, courtesy of the NET4GAS programme Closer to Nature.

Invitation to new locations in the Moravian-Silesian Region

04.06.2019 Let us invite you to two events that will take place on 7 June. In the morning, we will open the 94th location called Raduň Wetland, and in the afternoon we will move to the Nový Jičín District where we will meet in the village of Libhošť. There will be another opening, this time of the second stage of the Cattle Trail renewal, which will be accompanied by an interesting program for adults and children. For more information, see the attached invitations.

Discover an unknown hilltop in the Bohemian Central Uplands

09.05.2019 Among the countless hills of the Bohemian Central Uplands, one that goes by the name "Supí vrch" (Vulture Peak) rises above the hamlet of Lbín near Teplice. It is rather less well-known – in fact, on many maps, it is not even marked. According to local conservationists, though, the site is extremely valuable as a landscape feature and as an ecosystem, primarily thanks to the well-preserved rocky steppe habitat, which by recent accounts is home to twenty-two endangered vascular plant species. With this in mind, these local conservationists decided to make use of the possibilities offered by NET4GAS Closer to Nature and build an educational trail that would acquaint visitors with the attractions found on Vulture Peak.

Invitation to Vulture Hill

02.05.2019 Let us invite you to the opening of this year's first NET4GAS Closer to Nature location to Vulture Hill (Supí vrch) in the Lbín municipality in the Ústí Region. The event will start on May 9 at 10:00 (Lbín bus stop).

How NET4GAS Closer to Nature promotes hands-on conservationist efforts

31.01.2019 ET4GAS Closer to Nature is a long-standing success story: The programme has been running for twelve years now, enabling the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) to acquaint the general public with 92 valuable sites of nature, for the most part through educational trails, observation decks, lookout points, and other forms of mediated natural treasures, seen through an educational lens, or retold from the perspective of leisure and entertainment. Many locals, day-trippers, and tourists have since discovered these sites and made them their own. Few would guess, however, that the programme known as NET4GAS Closer to Nature goes further than that: it also promotes what is known as management projects – that is to say, practical measures aimed at the restoration of habitats or the stewardship for specific species. In the course of the last year, four such projects were successfully completed that deserve a closer look.